Strengthening California’s Environment One Mattress at a Time

The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program is an example of California’s environmental leadership and commitment to sustainability.  

7 million mattresses collected since 2016

8.6 million cubic yards of landfill space saved

More than 200permanent drop-off locations

More than 140other public and private entities participate

Offering Convenient and No-Cost Recycling

Bye Bye Mattress is accessible, offering California residents no-cost opportunities to discard their used mattress. Statewide, 95 percent of all residents live within 15 miles of a Bye Bye Mattress collection site. There are more than 200 permanent drop-off locations and 100 collection events held annually. Many residents also have access to the program through retailer take-back and municipal curbside pick-up services. In addition, more than 140 other public and private entities participate through the Commercial Volume Program including mattress retailers, hotels and universities.

more than 200Permanent mattress collection sites

10Recycling facility locations serving California

more than 100Mattress collection events each year

On the Ground in California

Raising Awareness and Educating Consumers 

MRC works to address illegal dumping

MRC invests $1 million annually to fund the Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative. This program collects data and uses the statistics to target affected communities. As a result, nearly 200,000 improperly disposed of mattresses have been removed from alleys, sidewalks and other public spaces.

MRC raises awareness of the value of mattress recycling

MRC has implemented extensive outreach to educate consumers about mattress recycling through its Bye Bye Mattress brand and consumer-facing website, More than one million visitors have visited the website, which offers residents an easy locator tool to find their nearest mattress recycling location or event. MRC also provides extensive consumer education including point of sale materials, public service announcements, social media campaigns, digital communications, community outreach at events and paid advertising including radio, television and billboards.

MRC invests $1 million a year in research and sustainability efforts

By increasing the recyclability of used mattresses, developing new end markets for recycled mattress components and identifying industry best practices, we are working to reduce waste and improve recycling.